Senior councillors have turned the tap on a “potentially very exciting” project for the Cornhill in Lincoln, which will include a water feature.
As part of phase two improvements to Cornhill Square, City of Lincoln executive councillors approved proposals including paving, seating and street furniture.
They also set aside £300,000 for the plans.
The fountain would reflect similar features found in Trinity Square and Victoria Square in Hull, which include water jets and mirror pools that pulse.
Council leader Ric Metcalfe said: “It’s a really important space in the city centre and has terrific potential for improvement.
It’s one of the things we’ve been aspiring to do for quite a long time.
Councillors said they were delighted that a decision had been made to protect the Speakers Corner tree, and hoped for more greenery to be installed across the area.
Councillor Metcalfe took the councillors points adding: “We do want to green our city.”
The move comes as part of a £70 million regeneration of the Cornhill Quarter, which is expected to see a new cinema and shops built.
As well as the Cosy Club, an Everyman Cinema, The Botanist cocktail bar and new gym will join the list of firms to be added to the Cornhill.
Under the public realm proposal, developer the Co-op said there will be a “significant transformation” for both Sincil Street and Cornhill Pavements.
Vintage-style signage will also be hand painted in the area, giving a nod to “ghost signs” which were popular in the 1920s and 30s.
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